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Course record holder Sir Mo Farah returns to Vitality London 10,000

Sir Mo Farah has confirmed he will run the 2018 Vitality London 10000 on Monday 28 May – ensuring a swift return to the capital’s roads after the Virgin Money London Marathon next month.

The multiple Olympic and world champion makes his first return to the Vitality London 10000 since 2013 on what will be the 10th anniversary of the capital’s most iconic race which starts on The Mall and finishes in front of Buckingham Palace.

Farah is the event record holder for a route that also passes iconic London landmarks such as Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

The 35-year-old has run the event of five occasions, winning in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 and finishing runner-up in the first edition of the race in 2008.

His course record of 27 minutes and 44 seconds was set in 2010 when he beat the Kenyan Micah Kogo by five seconds and is also Farah’s personal best over 10km on the road.

Farah said: “It has been a while since I last raced the Vitality London 10000 and I’m looking forward to returning again this year. I have got many happy memories of the race and of the course which is a spectacular one and one that I’ve been able to run fast on in the past.

“The race has always been a preparation for the track season in the past while this year I will have run the Virgin Money London Marathon just five weeks before so it will be a bit different but I am looking forward to it. As I always say, running in my home town is always special.”

The Vitality London 10,000 also incorporates the British Athletics 10km Championships for men and women. Further details of the entrants for both the male and female races will be made shortly.

The event forms the second part of a packed weekend of road running around central London which will start on Sunday morning (27 May) with the fifth edition of the Vitality Westminster Mile, a series of races around St James’s Park for runners of all ages and abilities, from elites to families with young children

Source: runnersweb.com

Two Guinness World Records broken at London Landmarks Half Marathon

London Landmarks Half Marathon marked its inaugural race on Sunday by raising over £4million for charity and breaking two Guinness World Records.

Years in the making, the race is the first of its kind through the City of London and saw over 10,000 runners and celebrities along the 13.1-mile course.

Hosted by charity Tommy’s, the pre-event fundraising target of £4m is understood to have been broken with further donations expected over the coming weeks.

Those competing went from Pall Mall to Downing Street along a route designed to take in as many attractions as possible; including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.

Ben Green and his father Graham Green were the first two over the finish line, breaking the ‘Fastest Father and Son Combined Time in a Half Marathon’ record with a time of two hours 24 minutes and 47 seconds.

Ben, who won the race in a time of one hour 10 minutes and 57 seconds, said: “We smashed the record and it will be tough for someone to beat that time, so we’re really happy!”

He added; “The course is amazing, I would say it’s up there with the London Marathon course. It’s pretty special because of the number of landmarks, it’s great for spectators too.”

Graham, who recorded a time of one hour 13 minutes and 50 seconds, said: “When Ben was little I was in my 20’s and running, then he started when he was a schoolboy and as he grew up we started running together.”

Shortly afterwards, Pardip Minhas from Hayes set a new Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Half Marathon in a Straitjacket’ in a time of one hour 43 minutes and 43 seconds.

“It feels surreal to be a World Record Holder,” he said. “I’m absolutely over the moon, I’ve got a runners buzz! I stayed with the pace maker from start to finish to give myself a good idea that I would get the record.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic course, It just was the perfect race, the weather, the course was absolutely fantastic. It was one of the best races I’ve run recently.

“For anyone going for a pb on a half marathon this would be a perfect, perfect course.”

source: standard.co.uk